Comprising serene 60 acres (24.28 hectares), the Flamingo Gardens have an impressive collection of rare tropical plants, ... More
Comprising serene 60 acres (24.28 hectares), the Flamingo Gardens have an impressive collection of rare tropical plants, massive oaks, native birds and other tropical critters. The gardens are one of the region's few remaining citrus groves and are home to a large collection of wading birds. You can chug around the grounds on a narrated tram tour or explore the Wray Botanical Collection and historic Wray Home (circa 1933). Discounts are available for senior citizens, students, the military and AAA members.
This is a wonderful little well kept secret of how most of South Florida looked years ago. They also care for a variety of animals that have been injured and can no longer survive in the wild. The staff is fantastic and they have a wealth of knowledge about the plants and animals.
You can take as much time as you want in each section. There is no rush. The grounds are amazing. Trees that are over 200 years old. Hundreds of species of flowers. Butterfly gardens. There is something here for everyone.
This place has a good cause, which is great, however, I felt like I threw my money away.... They charge a liitle too much for what they offer... I have been to other gardens in south Florida so I can compare prices and amenities. $17 per person was too high, I would say $10 would be acceptable. In addition, this $17 does not include anything, any x-tras like tours, etc, you will need to pay $4 - $5 more per person. I dont think I would ever go back there !
It had been about 12 years since I'd been there last and what an improvement over the years. The wildlife sanctuary has grown and the displays are improved, and the gardens are lovely. Folks going should remember this is NOT a zoo, but a wildlife rescue sanctuary- if you want variety and flashy animal shows go elsewhere. And while the botanical gardens are not the best in the world, they are quite lovely. The attraction is a nice combination of gardens and animals, and there is something for everyone in the family. Its not jam packed like so many other attractions; we didn't have to stand in line for anything. You can do the attraction in a couple of hours or spend a whole relaxing day there. The grounds and signage could use a little updating though, and the food selection could be better. For value I give it 5 stars!
not fancy, very natural,hugh trees.quiet,peaceful. I can't believe this place is in South Florida. You can feed the peacocks and Flamingos by hand. There's a hugh aviary full of all kinds of Florida birds that will come right up to you. Great picture taking place. It's an animal sanctuary,everything from Cockatoos to Aligators,otters'turtles,and whatever flies or crawls in. Plants you've never seen before from all over the world. All in all,very refreshing.
We live around the corner from Flamingo Gardens and think this is a local jewel. It is not a zoo. The animals in the sanctuary are there because they have been injured badly enough that they cannot fend for themselves. Don't compare it to Fairchild Gardens, situated in ritzy Coral Gables with a large base of wealthy contributors. Flamingo Gardens isn't fancy, but if you actually go through all of the exhibits, you'll see that there have always been a number of people in western Broward County who care about perputuating the history of the area. That's something so lacking in South Florida. To see a slice of real "Old Florida," make sure you tour the Wray home. Last time, we had an interesting discussion about where the actual boundaries of the old citrus plantation may have been. (Important to a local.)
The Gardens have come back amazingly well from the storm seasons of 2004 and 2005. Hurricane Wilma dealt a tough blow- literally. Unfortunately, they did lose the citrus groves. These are being converted to produce tropical fruits such as mangos and papayas. When we travel, we try hard to support local institutions and businesses wherever we are. I suggest you try the same. You'll come out culturally richer for the effort.
I liked the fact that you could go in and walk around without having to take the tram for an additional charge. Great tropical trees and flowers,and many other birds,reptiles, and mammals to see. Friendly tour guides and overall well worth $17.00. Try the Monkey Farm for $29.00 and you'll see how Flamingo Gardens is not a rip-off.
One of the most worthwhile experiences in Florida. Very natural and peaceful,beautiful plants huge oak trees, and fantastic birds and animals. Great for taking pictures. You never know what you'll see next. Children love it!! The shops are great too. Unusual gifts. My grandson loves it!!!!!
There are a lot of people who don’t even know about Flamingo Gardens and it is a real shame. This quaint Botanical Gardens and Wildlife Sanctuary lies right here in the town of Davie. One of the best kept secrets around, this tropical paradise is home to many species of animals and plants. It was once home to pioneers’ Floyd L. Wray and his wife Jane. It is a historical site and museum. Originally planted by Mr. And Mrs. Wray, the garden displays a large variety of flora that includes many champion trees. Travel through the dense tropical rainforest, hardwood hammock, wetlands and groves when you take a ride on the narrated tram tour. Walk among two hundred year old oaks or stroll through the arboretum and be amazed by the gigantic trees.
A lot of people spend all day in the everglades looking for wildlife and usually see very little. At Flamingo Gardens Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary its one stop. You will be introduced to more than 70 species of animals. Most of the wildlife is native and has been injured or misplaced whereas it cannot survive in the wild. Some animals are there for breeding and propagation programs such as the endangered Woodstork and threatened Roseate Spoonbill. You can walk through the aviary that is home to 43 species of florida native birds and a menagerie of turtles and tortoise. You can hand feed the Roseate Spoonbills, Ibis, Ducks and the newest residents well, they’re a bunch of Turkeys.
Interested about Birds of Prey? Come eye to eye with an eagle, hang out with the hawks, make friends with a falcon and give a hoot for the owls while you’re there too. More than 73 of these injured raptors call Flamingo Gardens their home.
There are Panthers on the prowl, Bobcats in the bushes, Otters in the water, Alligators in the lagoon and of course, friendly Flamingos!
There is always so much to see at Flamingo Gardens you will want to become a member so you can enjoy its changes year round.
It is also a great place to bring relatives and friends when they come to visit.
So get out there, explore and take a walk on the wild side.
I loved how the owners kept everything simple, clean, and rustic. It felt like I was back in the 80's, before all the major modernization was done to our fine state. Flamingo Gardens really captures everything that a wildlife sanctuary should have.
As soon as I walked in, I was greeted by enthusiastic volunteers, who obviously knew their way around. I paid only $15, which I consider a good deal to see native, endangered and rare wildlife. I took a tram tour for an extra four bucks, and was once again pleased with the way the tram guide obviously knew his material. I walked through the historic Wray home and toured the aviary and of course, the famous flamingo exhibits. They have quite a few, so I wasn't dissapointed.
Finally, I ended my day with a delicious smoothie from the Flamingo Cafe and toured the Garden Shop in the courtyard. The only problem I had was the constant appearance of peacocks, as I kept stepping on them, but that was all. Overall, a very positive experience, and I'd go there again.
I love the animals they are just so fun.you learn a lot about the evergalades in florida.they have tram tours to it's awsome.I think when going to flamingo gardens plan your trip for example plan when will you eat or take the tram.
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